A strategising meeting for Beijing Platform for Action Section J was held on 13 March during this year’s CSW 58. The meeting was attended by representatives of APC, Isis International, Women and Media Collective, and Search for Common Ground, to plan for Beijing+20, emphasising Section J concerns, particularly the use of all media and ICTs to be seen as an issue that cuts across all the 12 critical areas of concern in the Beijing Platform.
The position of Latin American and Caribbean countries on the CSW58 agreed conclusions emphasises the inseparable link that exists between human rights and development. The signing organisations, which include APC, also express concern over the non-incorporation of the human rights of women in the agreed conclusions and the elimination of references to sexual and reproductive rights.
CSW58: Jan Moolman from APC explains centrality of media and ICTs in conversations about development
As part of an NGO parallel event at CSW58, hosted by the Southern Africa Gender Protocol Alliance and Gender Links, Jan Moolman, Women’s Rights Programme project coordinator from APC, explains how important information and communication technologies and the media are in advancing gender equality and protecting women’s rights.
The Foundation for Media Alternatives is dismayed by the Philippine Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of the majority of provisions in a cyber crime law that the organisation views as oppressive, susceptible to abuse, and against the fundamental liberties guaranteed by the constitution.
AWID, in collaboration with members of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, has developed this publication in an effort to assess the various mechanisms developed to provide protection to WHRDs at risk, including initiatives developed by national governments and regional and international human rights bodies. The publication includes a specific section addressing digital security and freedom of expression issues.
In the second phase of the groundbreaking EROTICS project, an exploratory research project into sexuality and the internet, the Association for Progressive Communications and partners from India, Brazil and Indonesia, have launched a new website (http://erotics.apc.org) to reflect the project’s background, share knowledge and feature updates on the initiative.
This week Access kicked off the third installation of the RightsCon conference series in San Francisco, with more than 600 people from 375 organizations and companies in attendance, representing 50 countries. One person who was not here is Alaa Abd El Fattah of Egypt. Today, he is in prison again, without justice or cause. His family shared the following statement.
Rural women trying to access ICTs in developing countries often face the double whammy of the digital divide and the constraints and restrictions imposed upon their gender. One of the solutions identified for bridging the digital divide for rural women has been consistent training and access to technology so that they can put the lessons from training into practice.
APC staff members and partners will be attending the third RightsCon, organised by Access, to be held in California on 3-5 March. APC will sponsor a lightning talk on sexual rights and online hate speech and the roundtable session “Ending violence against women online: Everyone’s responsibility and no one’s liability?.” Click to download the programme in PDF format .
The APC Women’s Rights Programme will be present at the 58th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, which will take place in New York on 10-21 March 2014. This year’s priority theme is “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”. Women’s and girls’ access to and participation in education, training, science and technology, and the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work, will also be on the agenda.